Dr. Edward H. Richardson Jr., gynecologist and urologist, dies

He also had been a part-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

November 08, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Dr. Edward Henderson Richardson Jr., a retired gynecologist and women's urologist who was an accomplished photographer, died Thursday of pneumonia at his home in Roland Park Place.

The longtime Ruxton resident was 98.

Dr. Richardson, who was the son of a gynecologist and a homemaker, was raised at 9 E. Chase St., which eventually became his office, and moved in 1925 with his family to Guilford.

After graduating in 1930 from Gilman School, he earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1934.

He earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1938 and completed a five-year residency in gynecology and female urology at Hopkins Hospital in 1943.

After leaving Hopkins, he joined the Army Medical Corps in 1943 and served as chief of urology with the 51st General Hospital in New Guinea and Manila during World War II. He attained the rank of major by the time of his discharge in 1946.

After the war, he joined his father in the practice of gynecology and female urology in the rowhouse at 9 E. Chase St.

The house, which is next door to the Belvedere Hotel, had been built about 1873 for William Pinkney Whyte, a one-time Baltimore mayor, Maryland governor and U.S. senator.

Dr. Richardson was on the staff of Hopkins Hospital and the Hospital for the Women of Maryland, which later became a founding component of Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In addition to being a member of the staff at Union Memorial Hospital, he also was the hospital's chief of gynecology.

He had served as a member and was chairman in 1961 of the board of Maryland Blue Shield.

Working under the auspices of the American Cancer Society and working with a general surgeon, Dr. Richardson conducted monthly cancer detection clinics in Hagerstown and Frederick for a number of years. He also was a consultant in gynecology at the Fort Meade Army Hospital.

His professional memberships included the Baltimore City Medical Society, Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, American Medical Association, Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"He followed his father into private practice and was a very good physician and a great gentleman," said Dr. Frederick C. "Rick" Hansen, a retired Baltimore hand surgeon and longtime Ruxton neighbor.

"He was a great guy and had a marvelous sense of humor and a wonderful collection of jokes and stories," he said.

"Dr. Richardson had been diagnosed very early in life with diabetes, and he had to take two shots of insulin twice a day. However, that didn't stop him from enjoying bacon and eggs every day, and he lived well into his 90s. He was an amazing man," Dr. Hansen said.

"He was always impeccably dressed. It made no difference if he were staying at home, he always wore a tie and jacket like he was going to the office," said Barbara "Bobbie" Hansen, Dr. Hansen's wife.

"He was certainly a gentleman of the old school and had a very elegant manner," Mrs. Hansen said. "He was a delightful person, and it was always a pleasure to be in his company."

Last year, Dr. Richardson moved from his Ruxton home to Roland Park Place.

He enjoyed golf, swimming, sailing and vacationing on Nantucket, Mass., where he pursued his hobby as a photographer.

"He was a professional amateur photographer, and his work won a lot of amateur prizes," said a daughter, Linda R. Parsons of Wichita, Kan.

"He did seascapes, landscapes, portraits and photographed plants. On Nantucket, he photographed anything that gave him pleasure, such as boats and the harbor," Mrs. Parsons said.

He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Bachelors Cotillon, and was a former member of the Elkridge Club.

Dr. Richardson was a longtime member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Also surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Ellen Catherine Foote; a son, Edward H. Richardson III of Baltimore; another daughter, Nancy P. Richardson of Baltimore; and three grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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